The World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum was created in 1984 by the United States Chess Federation.
The U.S. Chess Federation Hall of Fame Committee considers candidates for the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame and sends its nominations to the U.S. Chess Trust each year. The trustees of the U.S. Chess Trust vote on who should be inducted. The induction itself takes place either at the U.S. Chess Federation Awards Luncheon during the U.S. Open or at the World Chess Hall of Fame, which is located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The induction is almost always performed by either the Chairman of the U.S. Chess Trust or the Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee.
Current members of the committee are Harold Winston (Chairman), Grandmaster (GM) Joel Benjamin, Frank Camaratta, International Master John Donaldson, John Hilbert, Al Lawrence, John McCrary, Sophia Rohde, chess champion and author Jennifer Shahade, and GM Andrew Soltis. McCrary and Donaldson are former Chairs of the Hall of Fame Committee. Both Benjamin and Soltis are members of the Hall of Fame.